Toronto Mini Maker Faire Discounts!

Earlier this summer, we were all lucky to have a small taste of an upcoming event, The Mini Maker Faire, during their launch party. It was an evening of creativity, resourcefulness and invention. From 3d printing demonstrations to mask making, the launch party really jazzed us up for the main event coming up this September 21-22, 2013.

Toronto Mini Maker Faire is coming up fast, and tickets have been released… with DevTO-specific discounts! If you buy before August 21st, it’s 20% off your tickets. From August 22nd onwards, you receive a 10% discount, so act fast.

For the 10% discount (after August 22), click here.

Make sure to keep up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire blog as well, it’s chockfull of interesting information on local projects, contests, other Maker Faire events, and what to expect for the main event in Toronto.

Hope to see you there!




Are you an iOS Developer? Vidoyen is looking for you!

Happy Sunday! It’s the weekend, and we’ve got another job posting for you. Vidoyen, a start-up that uses short videos to educate and to promote public education. They are looking for a new iOS Developer. Details on the job description:

iOS Developer

Based in Canada, Remote / Toronto, Ontario – Full Time                                                                   

Vidoyen is looking for an experienced and energetic iOS developer to spearhead our mobile efforts and bring our video Q&A platform to iOS.

Our ideal candidate has a track record of leading iOS development efforts within a team environment, takes pride in sharing the apps they’ve been involved in building, and is comfortable in turning high level requirements into clean, maintainable and modular code.


  • Work with a dynamic software development team to define requirements, translate to quality code, test and deploy iOS and mobile web applications
  • Help integrate with and refine our proprietary RESTful API for synchronization of user and content data
  • Interact with product owners to convey technical issues affecting functionality and timelines
  • Integrate with our technical, respect existing standards and processes, but also bring a fresh perspective to the table to help improve happiness and productivity within the team
  • Keep up to date with technology and mobile trends, specifically as they pertain to Apple’s product changes, AppStore policies, open source iOS projects and best practices

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 1+ year of iOS development experience or an impressive portfolio in lieu
  • Some experience in scripting or interpreted languages (Ruby, Python, Perl)
  • Experience in building complex iOS applications, including data synchronized with a remote source, functionality degradation in offline mode, integration with social APIs and video capture/editing
  • Experience writing unit tests, integration tests on iOS
  • Knowledge of and strong desire to follow best practices in iOS and client/server development

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with Ruby on Rails, HTML5 and related technologies
  • Knowledge of or experience with video processing and transcoding technologies
  • Strong sense of how to integrate open source in an iOS app to enhance developer productivity, and code maintainability/modularity
  • Personal apps or “side projects” built to solve a personal need
  • University or college level education in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field

To apply, send us your resume, LinkedIn profile URL and/or some links to applications you’ve been involved in building.


Here’ s a little about the company, Vidoyen:

Vidoyen is a social Q&A video platform, founded by Arshia Tabrizi, a leading tech and venture lawyer in Toronto, previously with Wilson Sonsini in Silicon Valley, and our CTO is Mike Jarema, a tech whiz and one of the first employees at Xtreme Labs.

Vidoyen is a fast and easy platform enabling 1-2 minute video answers from curated experts to questions from the public and is integrated with Facebook and Twitter. We provide trusted video content from curated contributors and operate as a social purpose business focused on public education and informed opinion and debate.

Although not in full launch (public beta for a few months) we have some media coverage already:

We have big plans and looking to grow our team!


#DevTO 26: Node.js & Intimacy and the Interface

Forays into Node.js – Julian Lam & Andrew Rodrigues

Julian and Andrew fromDesign Create Play talk about their experiences starting out with Node.js, and discuss lessons learned, mistakes made, and pitfalls avoided while building the first iteration of NodeBB, a Node.js+Redis powered forum designed for the modern web.

Julian will introduce audiences to Node.js’ event-loop, as well as touching on scalability comparisons with respect to traditional LAMP stacks, while Andrew will discuss several features that make Node.js especially compelling for developers looking to make the jump.

A short Q&A session will follow, where the Design Create Play team will answer questions regarding Node.js and NodeBB.


Intimacy and the Interface: Building an Internet that Humans can Love – Zach Forrester & Mark Reale

Distant from its origins, the Web Browser is no longer thought of solely as a document retrieval system. 23-years into its existence, it has become a staple in the communication system of human beings – a fixture in the daily life.
Aside from being a primary source for breaking news and communication, we have also all had ‘experiences’ on the web that we felt compelled to re-visit; experiences that we have felt compelled to tell others about. We have had ‘favorite’ web sites. We have felt distraught when the layout of our go-to online tools changed their layouts. We have used the word ‘love’ when describing things that we experienced online.
During this session, we will (respectfully) take a look under the hood of the Web Browser and explore an inventory of effects that have proven to be endearing and provide joy to our web experiences. For non-programmers, there will be a good deal of commentary on considerations of interface design and the capabilities of web browsers as we explore what is possible to conjure up on a browser-powered screen. For the developers in the mix: there will be some interesting Javascript implementations to snack on as we explore the poetic side of the web, and hopefully some inspiration to carry you into your next interface.
(This talk is a spiritual companion to BNOTIONS’ previous DevTO presentation, Plot Twists in Interfaces, September 26, 2011).


Zach Forrester, BNOTIONS (@zforrester)

Zach is a Senior UX Designer at BNOTIONS ( where he crafts engaging experiences across all platforms for international brands, merging spheres of interest that Zach has held throughout his life. A lifelong interest in comic books has given Zach a deep appreciation of storytelling and artistry, while an ongoing fascination with technology has led Zach to be an explorer of cutting edge interface programming and techniques.


Mark Reale, BNOTIONS (@markreale)

As the Community and Culture Partner at BNOTIONS (, and the Co-Founder and Director of The YMC (, Mark’s focus is to bring the most efficient and innovative technologies to his clients and to share these tools and techniques to the community at large.
Beyond BNOTIONS and the YMC, Mark is an avid Javascript fan, and has also spent time as a Professor of Electronic and Print Publishing at Seneca College, and Co-Founded LeanCoffeeTO, a weekly Meetup for Entrepreneurs to discuss lean methodologies and efficient business practices.


BNOTIONS is a Toronto based innovation company that works with forward-thinking global brands and disruptive entrepreneurs. BNOTIONS focuses on strategy, design, and development of mobile, web and social products. BNOTIONS’ approach to building meaningful technology solves tough problems, overcomes complicated challenges and creates opportunities through innovation. The outcome of this process are products and thinking that creates long-term value for clients and partners, rather than campaigns that disappear as quickly as their impact.